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Daring Bakers July 2010: Ice Creams, Cakes and Bombes made in Heaven!

Matcha Ice Cream Cake with Fudge and Lemon Mascarpone

July 30, 2010 Update: This post was featured on FoodBuzz Top 9 today

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

If you have visited other Daring Bakers' blogs before you got here, you'll be surprised that my version looks, a tad, different. Well... Sunita did mention that she was happy to give leeway to our creativity in this challenge and I took her words truly to the spirit. :)

I was super excited to do this challenge. I mean, it's ice cream!!! Who woudn't be excited?! :) Trust her to pick the season perfect challenge! :) As temperatures soar across all seas and lands of the Northern Hemisphere, it's a solace to dig into a cool dessert and even better one made at home with the freshest ingredients like my Mango-Saffron Ice Cream. Plus, I had a bone to pick with Mr. FSK on the subject of homemade ice cream. This was the perfect opportunity!

Peaches and Thyme

So, I made all the components of the challenge but arranged them differently in accordance to my perception of fun! :). First off, I wanted to make something that was individually portioned.I made my bombe with layers of matcha genoise made with egg whites (there is a reason to that.. will get to that story in a bit), two different fresh fruit ice creams, that are completely covered in chocolate fudge and topped with lemon mascarpone cream...

For the ice cream flavors, I had decided that it was going to be fruit. With all the gorgeous fresh fruit flooding the market in summer, there was no way I could turn away from them. And, when I got a bag of beautiful organic peaches in my CSA basket, my mind was made up for one ice cream flavor. I also got a bunch of aromatic thyme from the farm and I just couldn't resist putting the two flavors together. The marriage was sublime. The lemony hint from the savory thyme complemented the sweetness of the peaches in beautiful balance!

Roasted Peach and Thyme Ice Cream

As to the second flavor, I went searching for inspiration to my favorite fruit vendor. That day, he had juicy ripe lychees for sale and offered me a taste. As soon, I bit into their milky white flesh, I was hooked! So, for my second flavor, I made a simple fresh lychee ice cream.

Once I had decided all that, everything was just about ready to Go and I scrambled to pieces!! Literally. I went through two batches of curdled custard before I realised that using an electric blender while tempering the egg yolks was creating the issue. I fell back on the good old' hand whisking method and that worked like a charm! Phew! Only, I now had about 16 egg whites to work my way through!

Matcha Swiss Roll with Lemon Mascarpone

Where there is a will (or obstinancy, whichever way you want to look at it!) there will be creativity! I hadn't yet tackled the swiss roll/cake part. So, I decided that would be a pure egg white version. Googling led to surprisingly no practical results given that my dessert's design, even in its modified form, required rolling of the cake.

The closest recipe I found was Jacques Pepin's chocolate roulade, which, really is a version of meringue. Hence, it ran the high risk of cracking while the cake was being rolled and I couldn't afford that. Traditional recipes for genoise use flour but also whole eggs or atleast yolks.

I was adamant that I would use only whites to make my genoise. So, I created my own recipe by adapting the basic genoise recipe with some common baking sense. My experiment was wonderful success. The genoise, which I flavored with matcha powder, was very airy from the meringue I incorporated and had a light texture and feel in the mouth because there were no yolks. I think this is going to be my go-to sponge recipe.

Matcha Swiss Roll with Roast Peach-Thyme and Lychee Ice creams

One note of caution though. Because, it's more meringue like than cake, the sponge does tend to get a bit sticky on top when left out as it absorbs more moisture from the air than a normal cake.

I also made the traditional swiss roll with the matcha sponge and a lemon mascarpone cream filling. The lemon complements the green tea flavor nicely and served sandwiched between the two ice creams and drizzled with fudge, it makes for the perfect summer flavored dessert!

All in all, this was the perfect challenge for this month in so many ways. I had tons of fun thinking around my setbacks and getting it in front of the camera while along the way, proving a point as well! The point being homemade ice creams are totally worth the effort and way better than store bought and hence I should get an ice cream maker!! Mr. FSK concurred...partially.. Yes to homemade ice cream, Maybe to the maker.. LOL

Ice Cream Bombe Close



Egg White Matcha Genoise ©

(Original FSK recipe)

**This recipe is based on Jacques Pepin's roulade recipe. I recreated the consistency of ganache with the mixture flour, butter, sugar and milk. **

200g egg whites (about 5 large egg whites)
70g cake flour
1-1/2 tsp (about 2g) matcha powder
90g (scant 1/2 cup) granulated sugar, divided in half
80ml (1/3 cup) milk
2 T butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

Line a 11"x17" jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Meanwhile sift together the salt, half the sugar, flour salt and matcha powder. When the butter is melted, add the flour mixture to the pan and incorporate into butter while cooking for two minutes. Add the milk and whisk quickly and briskly, to prevent lumps from forming, to a smooth flowing mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.

Whip the egg whites to soft peaks and then slowly incorporate the remaining sugar to make a meringue that holds stiff peaks. Fold 1/4 of the meringue into the cooled flour mixture to loosen it. Add the lightened flour mixture to the remaining meringues and gently fold in until you see no more white streaks.

Transfer the mixture to the jelly roll pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes until cooked through and lightly golden on top. Cool on tray until ready to assemble.


Lemon Mascarpone Cream
(makes enough to fill half a sheet of the genoise above)

160g mascarpone cheese
2 T light cream
3 T powdered sugar
zest of one lemon

Whip all the ingredients together until you get a smooth mixture. Do not over whip as the mascarpone can separate. Refrigerate until ready to use.


Roasted Peach and Thyme Ice Cream

5 ripe but firm peaches, sliced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp honey

For the custard:
3 egg yolks
1-1/4 cup half and half
3 thyme stalks
1/4 cup sugar

Arrange the peach slices in a oven proof dish and sprinkle the thyme leaves over them. Drizzle the honey over. Roast peaches at 350F for 30 minutes until soft. Let them cool and puree 2/3 of the roast peaches. Chop the rest into chunks and reserve.

With a hand whisk, cream the yolks and sugar together until light yellow in color. Meanwhile, heat the half and half with the thyme stalks until just barely simmering. Remove the pan from heat and discard the thyme. Slowly, and while continuously whisking the mixture, incorporate the hot milk into the yolk mixture.

To prepare the custard, pour the mixture back in to the pan and over medium heat, gently heat the mixture, stirring often. The mixture will start to thicken. Continue heating until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon (about 8 - 10 minutes) and if you run your finger along the back of the spoon, the streak remains without the cream running down through the streak.

Remove from heat immediately. Do not over heat as the eggs will curdle (done that before!). Whisk the mixture for a minute to stop the custard from cooking further. Strain through a fine sieve to remove any lumps or scrambles. Stir in the peach puree till fully incorporated. Cool the mixture to room temperature.

Cover the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate for atleast two hours until completely chilled. At this point, you can process the mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

If you don't have an ice cream machine, once the custard mixture is cold, move it to the freezer. After about 45 minutes, check on the mixture. If it has started freezing on the edges, remove and whip up the mixture with a hand-held mixer to break the ice crystals and incorporate some air to create the fluffiness.

Return to the freezer and repeat the whisking every hour, three more times. By this time, volume of the ice cream would have doubled. If it hasn't, then you are not whisking enough each time. After the final repetition, gently fold in the reserved peach chunks and freeze the mixture for atleast 6 hours or overnight.


Fresh Lychee Ice Cream

1/2 lb ripe lychees

For the custard:
3 egg yolks
1-1/4 cup half and half
3 thyme stalks
1/4 cup sugar

Follow the same instructions as the previous ice cream for making the custard but skip the thyme infusion of the milk.

Puree about 2/3 of lychees roughly to get lychee milk and tiny pieces of fruit. Chop the rest into chunks and reserve. Stir the pureed lychees into the custard and cool to room temperature.

Cover the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate for atleast two hours until completely chilled. At this point, you can process the mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

If you don't have an ice cream machine, once the custard mixture is cold, move it to the freezer. After about 45 minutes, check on the mixture. If it has started freezing on the edges, remove and whip up the mixture with a hand-held mixer to break the ice crystals and incorporate some air to create the fluffiness.

Return to the freezer and repeat the whisking every hour, three more times. By this time, volume of the ice cream would have doubled. If it hasn't, then you are not whisking enough each time. After the final repetition, gently fold in the reserved lychee chunks and freeze the mixture for atleast 6 hours or overnight.


Chocolate Fudge

1 C / 230gms/ 8 oz of caster sugar
3 tblsp / 24gms/1.5 oz of natural unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tblsp /15gms/ 1 oz of cornflour/cornstarch
1 and ½ C /355ml /12 fl oz of water
1 tblsp /14gms/ 1 oz butter
1 tsp/5 ml / .15 fl oz vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornflour and water. Place the pan over heat, and stir constantly, till it begins to thicken and is smooth (for about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and mix in the butter and vanilla. Keep aside to cool.


Ice Cream Cake Bombe Assembly

I used 2"x4" pastry molds for the individual bombes. Cut 2 inch rounds of the matcha cake. You'll need two discs per bombe. Place one cake disc at base of the pastry mold. Fill the mold to half with softened peach ice cream. Freeze for 10 minutes to set the ice cream. Top with another cake disc and then fill the rest of the mold with the lychee ice cream. Freeze for atleast 4 hours until the ice creams are set firmly.

Gently ease out the mold from the cake. Cut rectangular sections of the sponge to fit around the ice cream cake. Wrap the cake sides with plastic wrap to ensure it maintain shape and sets. Freeze for another 2 hours.

Once the fudge is completely cooled, pour over the assembled ice cream cake and spread evenly all over. Freeze overnight. Pipe the lemon mascarpone cream on top.


Matcha Swiss Roll Assembly

Spread the cream mixture onto the genoise, making sure it does not go right to the edges (a border of ½ an inch should be fine). Starting from one of the shorter sides, start to make a roll with the towel going inside. Cool the wrapped roll on a rack, seam side down.

Wrap the cake in parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, dust the top with powdered sugar. Slice the cake into one inch pieces and serve sandwiched between scoops of ice cream and drizzled with fudge sauce.

Matcha Swiss Roll with Roast Peach-Thyme and Lychee Ice creams top
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